The People Under the Stairs are Getting a TV Show
Let’s go ahead and bump the number of Wes Craven properties that are getting the TV treatment to 2. Just days after our first decent look at Scream: The Series; we learn that The People Under the Stairs is about to get a massive make over on the small screen. It has been described as “Downton Abbey meets Amityville Horror”. So that could be cool. I’m unsure as to how they can take that idea and turn it into a series, but I’m confident that Wes knows what he is doing.
Similar to Scream: The Series, Craven seems to be fulfilling a Producer roll. Meaning the script will be penned and directed by other parties. The show will be airing on Syfy, and while things are still in the early stages, you can rest assured that we will keep you updated as things progress. For additional info, check out the official press release below :
“Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We’re thrilled to be working with him and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor, and intelligence to television,” said Olmstead.
“UCP is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming, and I’m delighted to be working with them,” said Craven. “Fasten your seatbelts.”
“The People Under the Stairs” is based on Wes Craven’s classic 1991 film of the same name. When a young woman goes missing at the grand Robeson Family Manor, her search unveils the centuries-old horrors that lie deep within the estate. It is a contemporary “Downton Abbey” meets Amityville Horror. Craven, Shep Gordon from Alive Productions, Michael Reisz, and Tracey Murray and Sara Bottfeld from Industry Entertainment are set to executive produce. The project will be written by Michael Reisz (“Shadowhunters,” “Unforgettable”).
Said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content at Syfy: “At Syfy we’re working with the most iconic names in the genre, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Wes Craven and UCP on these initial projects.”
Other projects UCP is developing with Craven include “Disciples,” which is set in the near future where the ultra-wealthy have become true Masters of the Universe, colonizing moons throughout the solar system. One colonist, McCauley Richmond, has built a new society on Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter, where his flocks of cultists worship him. Three “deep-space” private eyes have been hired by a high-ranking Senator to venture out to Ganymede and retrieve his teenage daughter who’s been brainwashed into joining Richmond’s cult. Craven will executive produce along with Steve Niles, who wrote the original graphic novel. Matt Pizzolo, Brett Gurewitz, and Sara Bottfeld are attached to executive produce.